Sedation Dentistry

Sedation Dentistry ServicesDo you suffer from a dental phobia or an intense fear of getting dental work done? This is not uncommon. Many people are fearful of the dental chair and the potential pain or discomfort that can accompany it, but modern medicine has allowed for the many dentists to practice sleeping dentistry (sleep sedation) that gives patients the chance to sleep right through their dental treatment. At Carson & Carson, we offer both IV Sedation and IM Sedation to our patients so that you can have a pain free dental visit you that won’t even remember! Our dentists are available 24 hours a day to treat any dental emergency. Call us today to request a consultation for sleep dentistry with the Oxnard Dentist with over 4 decades of experience offering dental treatment.

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Carson & Carson: Expert Sedation Dentists Since 1994

Both of our dentists Dr. LeRoy Carson and Dr. Derek Carson are certified by the State of California Board of Dental Examiners and are experts in sedation with decades of experience ranging back to 1994. Additionally, our dentists are both board certified conscious sedation examiners & evaluators. With decades of experience in oral sedation dentistry, our dental team can offer you a safe and relaxing alternative to being awake during your dental treatment through IV or IM Sedation. With over 45 years of experience serving Oxnard, you can feel confident that you are receiving care from some of the most accomplished and trusted dentists in the Los Angeles & Ventura area at Carson & Carson, DDS.

Is Sleep Dentistry Right For Me?

sleep sedation may be a viable option for your dental treatment if you:Intravenous Sedation with dentist and patient

  • are not numbed easily from local anesthetics
  • want to sleep through your dental visit
  • are nervous about dental treatment
  • have an easily triggered gag reflex
  • fear dental visits
  • require a lot of work in a single visit
  • haven’t been to the dentist in a long time

Our team of dental experts believes that every patient deserves to be relaxed and comfortable when receiving dental care. So, we offer sleep dentistry sedation for a large number of procedures including root canals and our pediatric dentistry services. Find out today if sleep dentistry is the right option for you. (805) 983-0717

Sleep Right Through Your Treatment

Different Types of Sedation Used in Sleep Dentistry

There are many different types of sedation that can be used to achieve the painless state of sleep in sedation dentistry including IV, IM, nitrous oxide(laughing gas) and oral sedation.

IV – Intravenous Sedation

Intravenous (IV) Sedation is a commonly used method for sedation dentistry. In this procedure at least three liters of oxygen per minute titrate slowly with a general anesthetic until the patient is sedated to the point of no memory and has no fear. The patient then falls into a verbally arousable state of light sleep known as twilight sleep. This type of sleep is not true unconsciousness, but rather an amnesiac state where the patient experiences a highly reduced sensitivity to pain. The pulse rate, blood pressure, oxygen saturation, and respiration rate are all monitored closely during & after the procedure to ensure the safety of the patient.

IV sedation is one of the most effective techniques in relieving dental anxiety for patients and is administered intravenously. It is the preferred method for many patients and is administered directly into the arm to provide rapid sedation.

Pros of IV Sedation:

  • Patients have little memory of the procedure
  • Rapid onsetFluid Bag for Intravenous Sedation
  • IV is a deeper sedation than oral or inhaled sedatives
  • Gag reflex is greatly diminished
  • Dosage is measured to exact specification of individual
  • Great for bypassing dental anxiety
  • Unwanted reactions to the drug can be quickly & easily reversed

Cons of IV Sedation:

  • Cannot drive home by yourself
  • Site of injection can become infected
  • More expensive procedure

IM – Intramuscular Sedation

Intramuscular Sedation (IM) is another technique which is often used in place of oral medication for a non-compliant patient or child. This type of sedation is administered through injections which require a larger muscle mass such as the upper thigh, buttocks or upper arm. IM Sedation is the go to option when other options are not preferred or available, but it is generally less controllable than IV Sedation. This method of sedation is ideal when you are too anxious, fearful, or uncooperative for a dental procedure.

Pros of IM Sedation:

  • Rapid onset
  • Longer lasting effects
  • More reliably absorbed by the body than oral sedatives
  • Patient cooperation not as essential

Cons of IM Sedation:

  • Inability to Titrate (or measure and adjust balance of): Less accurate prediction of dosage
  • Inability to reverse drug action
  • Prolonged duration of drug effect
  • Site of injection can become infected

Nitrous Oxide Sedation (Laughing Gas)

Gentle sleep with sedation dentistry.

A mixture of nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is inhaled through a mask placed over the nose. With this form of sedation, it is possible that a patient may be able to drive themselves home afterward.

Pros of Nitrous Oxide Sedation:

  • Short lived. Patient may be able to drive home
  • Dosage is easy to control
  • Does not put you to sleep. You can hear & respond to questions

Cons of Nitrous Oxide Sedation:

  • Does not put you fully to sleep. Some patients would rather not remember anything
  • Might make your legs and arms feel tingly or heavy
  • Very short lived period of effect. Laughing gas starts to wear off as soon as the mask is removed
Never Fear Dental Work Again

Our Qualifications in Sedation Dentistry

Both of our sedation dentists are licensed and experienced with successful procedures dating back to as early as 1994.

Dr. Derek K. Carson

Dr. Derek Carson's certificate of membership to ADSA

This is Dr. Derek K. Carson’s certificate of membership to the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology.

Dr. Derek K. Carson's conscious sedation certificate

Here is Dr. Derek K. Carson’s conscious sedation certificate. His certificate was personally approved & signed by the president and secretary of the Dental Board of California.

Dr. Leroy K. Carson

Conscious Sedation Permit for Dr Leroy Carson

This is Dr. LeRoy K. Carson’s IV sedation license.

Conscious Sedation Evaluator Dr Leroy Carson
This is Dr. LeRoy K. Carson’s appointment as an IV sedation evaluator for the State of California. Every IV dentist is required to be evaluated every five years in office. We pass these evaluations with flying colors every time & you should expect no less from any sedation dentistry.

Sedation Dentistry Case Studies

After the dental care is complete, the IV or IM medication will wear off, and the process of returning to a state of alertness is monitored by the administering dentist and qualified dental staff. All localized anesthesia and shots are completed after the patient is sedated.
Vitals monitor used in sedation dentistry

Improve Your Dental Experience with Sedation Dentistry

Don’t let pain or fear keep you from having a great smile. Find a dental plan that suits your needs the best with the wide selection of services offered at Carson & Carson Dental office in Oxnard or Camarillo, California. To discuss the process, pricing, or more information on our use of sedation in sleep dentistry, please call our Oxnard office today at (805) 983-0717.

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Lamont Yvon
Lamont Yvon
22:50 15 Mar 18
I have had a lot of procedures including 8 implants. There is no better dentist office than Carson and Carson. Dr. Derek Carson (the son of Dr. Leroy Carson) is FANTASTIC! He has learned well from his father (who still works there). Papa is the MAN!, and has been for years. Insane amount of knowledge. The Doctors are THE BEST! The support staff is fun and professional always. I will never go anywhere else.
Casandra Sorenson
Casandra Sorenson
23:05 08 May 18
A dentist that truly understands how much the whole dental trip petrifies me - and helps me overcome it. For the first time, and certainly not the last, he used nitros oxide and I can honestly say I can look at future visits without abject terror. No more waiting until the tooth needs pulled! I may even get my teeth cleaned.
Laura Lassiter
Laura Lassiter
18:32 15 Mar 18
The BEST dental office in Ventura County!! Super friendly staff, easy to schedule appts, no issues with insurance processing, and Dr. Carson makes sure you are always comfortable and pain-free when getting any work done. I've been a patient for over 7 years now and I couldn't be happier! I highly recommend!
Ivon valdez
Ivon valdez
18:13 18 Mar 18
Great office...great dentist ....great staff...very kind and helpful .....
Angel Garcia
Angel Garcia
15:26 27 Jan 18
Fun, friendly staff, that makes you feel comfortable immediately and accommodating...excellent work, i highly recommend'em.
Max Patrick
Max Patrick
19:31 19 Feb 19
This dental office is beyond professional. A landmark of our city, to say the least. Dr. Carson has been serving our community for quite some time, with true care and concern for his patients. If you want a true dental experience, then I would highly advise you to make an appointment with them 🙂
Lucia Vieira
Lucia Vieira
15:18 16 Mar 17
Dr. Derek, you have a hand and a heart of gold. That spirit of help that you have is praiseworthy. I'm amazed at all the treatment you've done and I feel no pain after, not even the pain of the anesthesia sting, I say with propriety because I am very sensitive to pain. Congratulations on your work that loves what you do so you have been successful, not counting on your last generation machine that I do not know how to explain. Much gratitude, you're the best.
Keila Carson
Keila Carson
04:44 24 Apr 19
Today I had a procedure wisdoms teeth extracted with Dr Derek Carson. All staff it was the kindest people ever they stayed room and for the all time asking how I was feeling. The Dr was absolutely amazing! I had several shots and no leave one I feel it and about the extraction when I was thinking he will start it he ready did the extraction out me feeling any pain absolutely any discomfort. I had rest of my day as a normal day and not swallowing.I really want to thank you Dr Derek Carson to be an amazing Dentist so gentle and very professional with absolutely confidentiality.I highly recommended this office if you need to visit just for your regular cleaning or any procedure. Thank you very much!
Yazmine Givens
Yazmine Givens
23:15 14 May 19
All of the ladies that work here are extremely nice, and they show that they care. The orthodontist is amazing, and helped along the way of my road w/ braces.
Hermenegildo Gutierrez
Hermenegildo Gutierrez
06:25 04 Jun 19
Both doctors, father and son (Dr. Leroy and Dr. Derek), are the best of the best. I have been to different dentists due to change on my insurance coverage, but i keep coming back to Carson and Carson (even if it means paying out of pocket) because they take care of the issues others can not or are not willing to. Furthermore, the staff is truly amazing, friendly, knowledgeable, professional. I am in good hands, my family's hands.
Hermenegildo Gutierrez
Hermenegildo Gutierrez
06:57 04 Jun 19
Both doctors, father and son (Dr. Leroy and Dr. Derek), are the best of the best. I have been to different dentists due to change on my insurance coverage, but i keep coming back to Carson and Carson (even if it means paying out of pocket,) because they take care of the issues others can not or are not willing to. To be honest, their fees are actually low and their work far superior compared to other dentists. Furthermore, the staff is truly amazing, friendly, knowledgeable, professional. I am in good hands, my family's hands.
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